I know it's another couple months off but I've been itching to ask the question that always inevitably comes before any big PI release.
Who will you play as first? A count, duke, king or emperor? Where and what start date? Why?
I'm torn between playing as a Norman count in England after the Norman conquest or as a duke or count in the Byzantine Empire after Manzikert. Both could be very interesting games and I know I'll enjoy the challenge of working my way up in titles and prominence. If I play the Norman count game I'd of course work my way up to dukedom and then try to seize the English crown. Afterwards, I'd attempt to gain the crowns of France and Scotland and perhaps even work my way into the HRE. My Byzantine game of course will consist of me becoming the Emperor first and foremost, and then perhaps expanding into the holy land while keeping the Latins at bay and maybe taking control of the papacy or something.